I’m Alison Clarke (usually called Ali), a New Zealand historian living the simple life on the beautiful Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. I retired (young!) in 2020 from the Hocken Collections, where I had worked in the archives for 17 years; previously I had been a nurse. 

You can find details of my history interests and links to my publications on the History interests and publications page of this blog. My other interests include sustainability, transport policy, gardening, cooking, birds and reading. I love getting book recommendations, and share the love by posting once a year or so about books I have enjoyed. Happy reading, and your comments on anything I write here are most welcome. You can also find me on twitter – @clarke_ali – where I post cat photos and the occasional other item.

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